Photobooks & : A critical companion to the contemporary medium

Matt Johnston


‘Photobooks &’ presents and interrogates key themes of the contemporary photobook — from the medium’s post-digital and post-photographic situation, to the purposes of publishing, issues of accessibility and the act of reading.

Informed by extensive research, interviews with key individuals from the photobook ecology and his experience with The Photobook Club project, Johnston examines current trends and practices, emphasizing connections (made and missed) between makers and readers.

Ultimately, this book proposes a critical framework for considering our uses and encounters with the photobook,
calling for a recalibration of a maker-centric discourse to address the communicative potential of the medium: aligning making, with making public.

Including conversations with Alejandro Acin, Eman Ali, Mathieu Asselin, Sarah Bodman, Bruno Ceschel, Natasha Christia, Tiffany Jones, Michael Mack, Amak Mahmoodian, Lesley Martin, Tate Shaw, Doug Spowart, Anshika Varma and Amani Willett.

Published by Onomatopee
17 x 24 cm
212 Pages